Clearly, rather than dealing with treating injuries and rehabilitating athletes, it is better to avoid injury in the first place. But what measures can be taken to prevent injury?
Everything you need to know about taping and strapping! The guide reviews the published evidence on the effectiveness of taping in sports medicine, followed by a step-by-step practical guide to some of the taping techniques that are commonly used in soccer.Read the Taping and Strapping guide
The Core Strengthening Programme aims to improve stabilisation and support to the spine, which provides a more stable base from which to then work the arm and leg muscles, improving support to the back, co-ordination and movement, endurance and the ability to hold off oponents in contact sports.Read the Core Strengthening guide
It's important not to overdo it when exercising, especially if you're not used to regular workouts. Our guide will help you avoid common pitfalls and stay injury free.Read the Injury Prevention During Exercise guide
Stretching is central to preparing for sporting activity and providing the body with the flexibility to take part in the activity without suffering injury. Find out why stretching is necessary, the benefits it provides and how it works, the degree of stretching that should be employed in different situations, and of course details of the stretches themselves.Read Stretching article
Prior to participating in sporting activity, the body should be prepared for the demands of the activity by working through a warm up programme. This will take the body from cold, up to the necessary level of activity, in a gradual and controlled manner. We'll tell you how a warm up benefits athletes and what a typical warm up programme for a professional footballer involves.Read the Warming Up article
Following sporting activity, the benefits of cooling down are becoming increasingly recognised by sports professionals. But how does cooling down actually help the body and what does it involve? We're here to tell you.Read the Cooling Down article
In a survey of injuries at a professional football club, it was reported that 26.8% of all injuries involved muscles and tendons (Lewin,1989). We look at the mechanisms involved and how to help prevent muscle strain injuries.Read the Muscle Strain Prevention article